Many men are affected by the appearance of overdeveloped breasts during the course of their lives, and it can cause significant self-consciousness and emotional distress. As a result, many men spend a significant amount of money and time at the gym with personal trainers trying to flatten their chests and redefine their pectoral muscles. However, while exercise and weight loss can have an effect on fatty tissue, they, unfortunately, can’t do much for glandular tissue. Therefore, to achieve a well-defined, masculine chest, male breast reduction is often the only way to effectively eliminate male breast tissue.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat recognizes that gynecomastia can cause embarrassing problems for men, preventing them from living their life to the fullest. Fortunately, Dr. Mussat has successfully treated many of her male patients suffering from gynecomastia with a male breast reduction surgery. In this blog, we will discuss what causes male breasts to develop, why exercise isn’t always successful in reducing enlarged male breasts, and how gynecomastia surgery can help you achieve your ideal results.
The Different Types of Gynecomastia
Enlarged male breasts are a common problem for men with excess fat through their chest area. This type of gynecomastia is called pseudo-gynecomastia, which is caused by major weight fluctuations, age, or genetic traits. To improve the appearance of excess fat in the chest area, Dr. Mussat performs liposuction of the chest to achieve a stronger, more masculine appearance.
Men can also suffer from enlarged glandular breast tissue that occurs during adolescence due to a hormone imbalance between estrogen and testosterone. Usually, this issue resolves itself as a man grows older, but due to a continued hormone imbalance or chronic use of some medications and drugs, gynecomastia can follow them into adulthood.
Why Exercise Cannot Affect All Types of Gynecomastia
Male breasts are composed of both glandular and fatty tissue. In cases where gynecomastia results from excess fatty tissue due to weight fluctuation, diet and exercise can sometimes prove effective. However, if the enlarged male breasts result from excess glandular tissue, exercise and healthy eating habits will prove ineffective, and the situation will need to be remedied through cosmetic surgery.
How Is Male Breast Reduction Performed?
When performing male breast reduction surgery, Dr. Mussat will first perform liposuction, if necessary, to remove excess fatty tissue. Then, she will make a small incision around the outer edge of the areola, or the darker-pigmented skin around the nipple, where she’ll remove excess skin, as needed, before removing the glandular tissue. Once she has achieved the desired aesthetic, she’ll close the incision with sutures and dress the area with bandages.
Recovery from male breast reduction usually requires about three to five days off work. The results of male breast reduction are typically visible immediately, but the final outcome of the procedure won’t be visible for a few months or until the body is entirely healed.
Schedule Your Male Breast Reduction with Dr. Florence Mussat
If you feel you’ve wasted enough time and money at the gym only to see zero results from your hard work, it might be time to consider gynecomastia surgery. A male breast reduction is a relatively quick procedure that is safe and will deliver the results you want.
To schedule your private consultation with Dr. Florence Mussat and learn how a Chicago male breast reduction can help you achieve a leaner, more masculine-looking chest, contact her office by calling (312) 751-9000 or by completing our online form today.